Ben's transformed beyond belief!
Ben Renshaw, 36, from Eccles, Greater Manchester turned to comfort eating after a sudden illness left him at his lowest ebb. When he couldn't get his old jeans past his knees, he knew something had to change so he joined Slimming World. Now 4 stones* lighter, he shares his story here.
“October 2012 should have been one of the happiest times of my life – instead, it marked an all-time low. My partner Jordan and I had bought a house together and were all set to move in when I was taken ill and needed emergency bowel surgery. I later developed septic blood poisoning and a massive hernia. Seven weeks and eight operations later, I left hospital with a temporary colostomy bag and my confidence crumbling.
“I love food and I've always had a big appetite. My size had fluctuated, but I'd never had a serious weight problem before. Now, stuck at home on the sofa, I cheered myself up by studying takeaway menus and planning what to eat next.
“As my health improved and I could start to go out again, I tried to squeeze into my old clothes and was horrified to find I couldn't get my jeans past my knees. I didn't look like me. I didn't feel like me. Something needed to change.
“Even after a friend recommended Slimming World, I spent another month making excuses not to join. Finally, I took the plunge - and I'm so glad I did!”
Food Optimising success
“I threw myself into Food Optimising from the start. I enjoy experimenting with recipes and devising new ones. I found lots of brilliant meal ideas on the Slimming World website, and Slimming World's Facebook page was a lifesaver. It helped me to stay focused and in control of what I was eating. And when people began asking me for recipes and tips, it made me feel great and spurred me on further.
I haven't really had to change what I eat. I've just changed the way I cook. Instead of ordering an Indian takeaway, I'll make my own curry from scratch.
“Less than nine months after joining Slimming World, I reached my target weight. For the first time in my entire life, I felt slim. My confidence soared as I realised I could buy trendy clothes off the rail.
“My life has changed so much – I absolutely love it! Ultimately, Slimming World isn't about restrictions and complications. It's about real food for real people. That's why it works.”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
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